Is Maniy (sperm) pure or impure?

Question 125Is the semen from which man is created pure or not? If it is not impure what is the wisdom behind Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity)? Is it prohibited to delay Ghusl until the morning in winter for fear of the cold weather?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The sound opinion is that semen is pure. When it is ejaculated in spurts from a person lustfully through sexual intercourse or a wet dream, Ghusl is compulsory. It is permissible to delay it until morning. A person should take Ghusl to offer Fajr (Dawn) Prayer in its due time. It is not permissible to delay it until the prayer due time is over… read more here.

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Does touching things by the Junub before having Ghusl render them impure?

Question 124Is it permissible for a man and his wife after having conjugal intercourse to touch anything before taking Ghusl (ritual bath)? In such a case, does whatever they touch become Najis (impure)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes, it is permissible for someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity), whether man or woman, to touch different things like clothes, plates, pots, etc before taking Ghusl (ritual bath). A Junub person is not Najis and so nothing is defiled by their touch. This is supported by the authentic Hadeeth reported on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said… read more here.

Should a midwife perform Ghusl after childbirth assistance or is Wudoo’ sufficient?

Question 123Should a midwife perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) after childbirth assistance or is Wudoo’ (ablution) sufficient?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Neither Ghusl nor Wudoo’ is obligatory for a midwife as a result of her assisting a pregnant woman during delivery. She just has to wash off any Najaasah (impurities) – such as blood or the like – that may have soiled parts of her body and clothing if she is going to perform Salaah (Prayer). However, her Wudoo’ is invalidated if she touches the vulva of the pregnant woman during delivery… read more here.

Is it obligatory to use cleansing substances as soap and the like during Ghusl ?

Question 122Can soap be used during Ghusl (ritual bath) following Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) and why?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Ghusl following major ritual impurity must be performed using water; it is not obligatory to use during it a cleansing substance like soap or similar products, which is what is established by the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him). However if soap or similar cleansing agents is used, there is nothing wrong with that… read more here.

Does applying ointment or inserting a suppository or the like in woman’s vagina require performing Ghusl ?

Question 121Should a woman perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) if she places her finger into her vagina while making Istinjaa’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation), applying ointment,or inserting a pessary; or if a female doctor places her hand or a diagnostic instrument during medical examination? If this happens during the daytime in Ramadaan, should she break her Sawm (Fast) and make up for it later?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. In any of the above-mentioned cases, the woman does not have to perform Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) nor does it invalidate her Sawm… read more here.

Is it permissible for a husband to make Ghusl (ritual bath) with his wife?

Question 120Is it permissible for a husband to make Ghusl (ritual bath) with his wife?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is permissible for the husband to take Ghusl after Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) with his wife from the same vessel. This ruling is substantiated by the Hadeeth narrated by Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) used to bathe with the water left over from Maymoonah.”  (Related by Ahmad and Muslim)... read more here.

Is it permissible for a person to sleep while Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity)?

Question 119What is the ruling on the yellow discharge flowing from a virgin or a married woman’s vagina without having a sexual dream? Does she have to perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is permissible for a person to sleep while Junub, yet it is preferable and more appropriate before going to sleep following Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) to wash one’s private parts and perform Wudoo’ (ablution) like that performed for Salaah (prayer)… read more here.

A yellowish liquid that comes out from women’s vagina

Question 118What is the ruling on the yellow discharge flowing from a virgin or a married woman’s vagina without having a sexual dream? Does she have to perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If this discharge is Madhy (thin white viscid fluid secreted when having sexual thoughts or desire), she does not have to perform Ghusl. If it is Maniy (vaginal secretion), and it is discharged out of desire or after a sexual dream, she should perform Ghusl… read more here.

Discharging Maniy (sperm) lustfully upon seeing a woman

Question 117What is the ruling on discharging Maniy (spermatic fluid) upon looking at a woman lustfully? Should one perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If the case is as you mention, you should perform Ghusl… read more here.

Could the person who had wet dream after offering Fajr salaah delay having a Ghusl until the time of Duhr salaah?

Question 116If a man has a wet dream after offering Fajr (Dawn) Prayer during Ramadaan, should he perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) immediately, although there is plenty of time to sleep and rest, since there is no Salaah (prayer) due? Please answer us, may Allaah reward and protect you!

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is not Waajib (obligatory) on anyone who has a wet dream after offering Fajr Prayer to perform Ghusl until before the time of Duhr (Noon) Prayer… read more here.

Urination before having Ghusl (full ritual bath) after sexual intercourse

Question 115Someone told me if a Muslim has conjugal intercourse, it is obligatory that he should urinate before performing Ghusl (ritual bath); otherwise he will remain Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity). This is because there will still be some Maniy (spermatic fluid) in his penis that can only be removed by urination. What is your opinion on this?

Answer: The Ghusl is valid without the urination. However, if a man urinates after performing Ghusl and some Maniy comes out along with the urine or alone, but without desire, it is not required to perform Ghusl again. It is sufficient just to perform Istinjaa’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) and the Islaamically prescribed Wudoo’ (ablution)… read more here.

Sleeping without performing Wudoo’ on the part of the Junub

Question 114Is someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity) allowed to sleep without performing Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: There is no sin if one who is Junub sleeps in this state without performing Wudoo’. Yet, it is preferable to perform Wudoo’ before going to bed because the Prophet (peace be upon him) did that and commanded to do so… read more here.

Touching a woman with desire without having sex or discharging Maniy (sperm)

Question 113: What is the ruling on a husband sleeping by his wife in one bed and fondling her with desire, without having sexual intercourse or semen discharges, should he perform Ghusl (ritual bath) in this case?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If a man sleeps by his wife and touches her with desire but neither penile penetration into the vulva nor ejaculation takes place, Ghusl (ritual bath) is not required of him.

Question 113I hope that you will explain to us the difference between major and minor ritual impurity. Also, if a person has a sexual dream and discharges one or two drops of Maniy (spermatic fluid), is it permissible for him to remove it with water instead of performing Ghusl (ritual bath) following major ritual impurity?

Answer: Minor ritual impurity is that which nullifies Wudoo’ (ablution) only, like sleeping, urination, eating camel meat and such like, whereas major ritual impurity is that which necessitates performing Ghusl, like when Maniy is emitted in spurts accompanied with feelings of pleasure, and when the tip of the penis penetrates into the vulva. In case a man has a sexual dream and sees Maniy, even if one drop, it is obligatory on him to perform Ghusl… read more here.

Admitting the glans in female’s vulva without lust

Question 112: Does the penetration of the glans penis into the vulva without sexual pleasure, necessitate Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes, Ghusl becomes obligatory on both man and wife because of the reported evidence in this regard. Among them is what is reported by Ahmad, Muslim, and Al-Tirmidee on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said... read more here.

Discharging Maniy (sperm) while and after urination without sexual desire

Question 111: I discharge Maniy (spermatic fluid) while and after urinating without having any sexual desire. Should I perform Ghusl (ritual bath)? Is this discharge considered Najis (ritually impure) or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The discharge that comes out of you with urine without having sexual desire is Wadee (a thick white secretion discharged after urination), which is Najis like urine. However, you do not have to perform Ghusl, but you have to wash the place soiled with it... read more here.

After waking up, one doubts having a wet dream

Question 110: What is the ruling on a person who wakes up and then doubts that he had a wet dream but when he examines his underwear, he does not find Maniy (spermatic fluid)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The basic rule is that no Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) is required of him (unless there is a clear evidence to prove that it is required), because what is certain cannot be overruled by what is doubtful... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (4)

Question 109What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (3)

Question 108What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (2)

Question 107What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (1)

Question 106What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

Does looking at women with or without lust invalidate Wudoo’ ?

Question 105Does looking at women with or without lust invalidate Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Wudoo’ is not invalidated just by looking at women, with or without lust.

Question 105Sometimes, when I go on an outing with my family in the car, my wife’s clothes get so wetted with urine or the like of one of the young children so much so that she needs to change her clothes, and it coincides with the time due for Salaah (Prayer), such as the Maghrib (Sunset) or ‘Asr (Afternoon) Prayers, yet it is not possible for her to change her clothes. Is it permissible for her to delay the Salaah until she returns home and is Wudoo’ invalidated if the body or clothes are soiled with Najaasah (ritual impurity)?

Answer: Wudoo’ is not invalidated if a person’s clothes get soiled with Najaasah due to contact with young children (when changing them), after their clothes get wet with urine or anything similar. It is obligatory that the soiled parts of the body or clothes should be washed, and then Salaah can be offered in them. It is not permissible to delay the Salaah until a later time... read more here.

Do clothes soiled with urine invalidate Wudoo’?

Question 104I performed Wudoo’ (ablution) for Salaah (prayer), then I held a baby that stained my clothes with urine. I washed the spot stained with urine and offered Salaah without repeating Wudoo’. Is my prayer valid?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Your Salaah is valid, because the urine of the baby that fell on your clothes does not invalidate Wudoo’, and all you have to do is to wash the part stained with it... read more here.

Does smoking invalidate Wudoo’?

Question 103What is the Islaamic ruling on those who smoke cigarettes and when they come to the Masjid (mosque) they merely rinse their mouths with little water without performing Wudoo’ (ablution) again, under the pretext that they had already performed Wudoo’ before smoking. We know that cigarettes are of the foul things which invalidate Wudoo’, but we do not have enough evidence on this.

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Smoking is Haraam (prohibited). Those who afflict themselves with the evil habit of smoking should cleanse their mouths when going to the Masjid to remove the foul odor, so that others will not be harmed or offended. However, smoking does not invalidate Wudoo’... read more here.

Having a hair cut or trimming the nails after performing Wudoo’

Question 102What is the ruling on washing some parts of the body with soap, having a hair cut, or trimming the nails after performing Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! If a person performs Wudoo’ and then washes some parts of their body, have their hair cut, or trim their nails, this does not invalidate Wudoo’... read more here.

Washing some parts of the body with soap after performing Wudoo’

Question 101What is the ruling on washing some parts of the body with soap, having a hair cut, or trimming the nails after performing Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! If a person performs Wudoo’ and then washes some parts of their body, have their hair cut, or trim their nails, this does not invalidate Wudoo’... read more here.

Touching Mus-haf after looking at `Awrah

Question 100Is it permissible for a person to touch the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan) or offer Salaah (Prayer) if it happened that they looked at their `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) while performing Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Yes, it is permissible. Looking at the ‘Awrah is not one of the annulments of Wudoo’... read more here.

Doubting the state of Tahaarah (ritual purity) due to long period of such state

Question 99Does doubt count for anything in case of a person having Wudoo’ (ablution) yet is not sure whether or not he passed urine, feces or broke wind due to the long period he stayed ritually pure? Or should he overlook doubts, since the original state is purity unless he is certain of having invalidated his Wudoo’ and vice versa?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! If a person performs Wudoo’ and then doubts whether or not he had invalidated Wudoo’, his doubts count for nothing and his Wudoo’ is still valid. If a person is ritually impure and then doubts whether or not he performed Wudoo’, he is still impure and the doubt is of no effect, because certainty cannot be removed by doubt and the ruling principle is that the original state remains in effect until the occurrence of that which overrules it is established... read more here.

Does cow meat come under the same ruling as camel meat?

Question 98Does cow meat come under the same ruling as camel meat?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! In regards to nullification of Wudoo’ (ablution) by eating camel meat, cow meat does not take the same ruling of camel meat.This ruling exclusively pertains to camel meat, and is not inclusive of the meat of other animals... read more here.

What is the ruling on drinking camel milk after performing Wudoo’ ?

Question 97What is the ruling on drinking camel milk after performing Wudoo’ (ablution)? Many Hadeeth about this issue were stated in the Musnad (Hadeeth compilation) of Imaam Ahmad and the Musnad of Ibn Maajah. You can refer to Al-Fath Al-Rabaanee, Part 2, p. 94-95.

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Drinking camel milk does not invalidate Wudoo’, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions... read more here.

Camel’s fat, entrails, and intestines; does it break the Wudoo’ ?

Question 96We have heard about a disagreement regarding the fat, entrails, and intestines of camels. Some say that the same ruling on camel meat applies to them as there is no proof of their exception. Others say that the Hadeeth only mentions the meat of camels and no Wudoo’ (ablution) is required after eating their fat and entrails. What is the correct opinion regarding this? Moreover, does the newly-born camel that was slaughtered before suckling come under the same ruling as camel meat or rather under its entrails and intestines?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Wudoo’ is only invalidated by eating the meat, based on what is stated in the authentic Hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Perform Wudoo’ after eating camel meat.”The same ruling applies to the newly-born camel, even before suckling because of the generality of the Hadeeth... read more here.

Does eating camel meat invalidate Wudoo’ ?

Question 95Is it necessary to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) after eating camel meat and why?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! Anyone who eats camel meat must perform Wudoo’, whether the Salaah (Prayer) to be offered is obligatory or supererogatory. This is based on the answer the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave when he (peace be upon him) was asked if Wudoo’ should be performed after eating camel meat, he said, “Yes.” And when he was asked if Wudoo’ should be performed after eating lamb or goat’s meat, he said, “If you wish.” (Related by Imaam Muslim in his “Saheeh [Book of Authentic Hadeeth]”)... read more here.

Dissecting cadavers for medicine students

Question 94Is it permissible for medical students to dissect cadavers? Does this necessitate performing Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (full ritual bath)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! The Council of Senior Scholars issued decree no. 47 dated 20/8/1396 A.H. Regarding the ruling on autopsy. It reads as follows: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon Last of the Prophets, Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions. To proceed:

In its 9th session held in Al-Taa’if in the month of Sha`baan, 1396 A.H., the Council of Senior Scholars has examined the letter no. 2/3231 of His Excellency the Minister of Justice, based on the letter of the under secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no. 3/13446/2/1/34 dated 6/1/1395 A.H., attached by a copy of the note of the Malaysian Embassy in Jeddah including an inquiry about the opinion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding performing a medical operation on the corpse of a dead Muslim for medical purposes... read more here.

Does looking at one’s ‘Awrah invalidate Wudoo’ ?

Question 93Does looking at naked men and women or at one’s own `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) invalidate Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! The mere looking at naked men and women does not invalidate Wudoo’, neither does the mere looking at one’s own `Awrah, as there is no evidence supporting this... read more here.

Does looking at naked men and women invalidate Wudoo’ ?

Question 92Does looking at naked men and women or at one’s own `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) invalidate Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! The mere looking at naked men and women does not invalidate Wudoo’, neither does the mere looking at one’s own `Awrah, as there is no evidence supporting this... read more here.

Does kissing wife invalidate one’s Wudoo’ or Sawm (fast) ?

Question 91It is reported in an authentic Hadeeth that ‘Aa’ishah, the Mother of the Believers (may Allaah be pleased with her), said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) got up at times in a state of Janaabah (major ritual impurity). It is also reported that he (peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives after performing Wudoo’ (ablution) then he offered Salaah (prayer) and this took place during the month of Ramadaan. My question is: How may the Prophet (peace be upon him) get up at the morning in a state of Janaabah when he had to lead the Muslims in the congregational Prayer at dawn? Does the Hadeeth indicate that he (peace be upon him) had intercourse after offering Fajr (Dawn) Prayer? Does kissing one’s wife nullify Wudoo’? Some scholars say that it is one of the annulments of Wudoo’, although the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissed his wives after performing Wudoo’ then offered Salaah without repeating Wudoo’? What is the ruling in this regard, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! First, the Prophet (peace be upon him) had intercourse with one of his wives at night, and sometimes he did not take Ghusl (ritual bath) at night, and when he woke up he used to make Ghusl before dawn to offer Fajr Salaah read more here.